Pretty soon, in the Archduke Brewery in Zywiec, will be held Europe’s biggest beer festival, called Birofilia Festival 2014. More than 600 beer brands from over a dozen of countries in the world – fans of this golden drink cannot miss it!
On 20-21 June 2014 will be held Europe's largest beer festival. It will take place in Poland, specifically in Zywiec. We’re talking about Birofilia Festival 2014, the big event sponsored by Zywiec Group.
The festival is organized annually, and each edition has an increasing momentum. In 2013, the event was attended by nearly 6,000 guests. They had the opportunity to taste more than 500 brands of beers, which were brought to the Archduke Brewery from places as exotic as Laos, Tanzania and Kenya. One of the biggest attractions of the event will be the World Beer Avenue, with more than 600 brands of beer o try.
World Beer Avenue
It’s necessary to say at least a few words about the said Avenue. At this year's list of beers, which you can try there, appear exactly 623 positions. Among them you can find brands from Barbados, Peru, Mauritius, Brazil and Bolivia, as well as brands from a little bit closer such as Germany, England, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Beer presented in the Avenue attract not only with the taste and exotic origin. The real jewel of this year's festival is undoubtedly Samuel Adam's Utopias - one of the most expensive beers in the world. One bottle of this exclusive drink goes for 1,500 PLN (Approx. 365 EUR).
Contest of Homemade Beers
The festival will also include a Contest of Homemade Beers, organized by the Polish Association of Domestic Brewers. This year's edition will be the twelfth, and the competitors will compete against each other for prizes in ten categories (including Best Bitter beer style, Czech Pilsner, Dubbel and Grodziskie). The winner will receive the honorary title of Grand Champion Birofilia 2014 and on December 6th the beer will appear in stores across the country.
Last year, as much as 432 kinds of beer competed, and the winner and Grand Champion Birofilia 2013 was Imperial IPA by Czeslaw Dziełak. This year, the battle will be equally fierce, and the jury will consist of the largest brewers authorities of the country and abroad. One of them will be Stan Hieronymus, home brewer with over 20 years of experience. He became famous as a journalist, and his books about brewing beer are very popular in the United States.
Attractions of Birofilia Festival 2014
Traditionally, the event will be accompanied by activities promoting the culture of beer. During the festival you can enjoy various competitions, brewing beer demonstrations and lectures (including the secrets of proper beer tasting and its sensory). Announcement of the results of competitions, announcement of Birofilia Grand Champion 2014 and award ceremony will be held on Saturday at 7:00-8:30 pm, and then guests will enjoy a huge party accompanied by music played until midnight.